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Samsung SDI building Li-ion battery plant in Hungary; global triangular production structure

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Samsung SDI has decided to use Hungary as its Li-ion battery production base in Europe. The new facility in Hungary will enable Samsung SDI to establish a global triangular production structure along with existing plants in Ulsan, Korea and Xian, China.

UQM Technologies powers first all-electric mini bus in Hungary

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in Hungary. UQM Technologies Inc. continues to broaden its global customer base, with a UQM PowerPhase electric motor and controller systems being used to power an all-electric mini bus built by Inter Tan-ker Ltd. This is the first all-electric mini bus to be approved for use by the Hungarian National Transport Authority. The Inter Tan-ker mini bus, equipped with the PowerPhase HD Select 150 drive system, has a reported range of nearly 300 kilometers (185 miles).

Electric cars too small? Drive two!

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Samsung Hungarian battery plant to open in 2018, perhaps for BMW electric cars?

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One of the major players is Korean firm Samsung SDI, which is reportedly planning to open a new battery plant in Hungary. Anticipated increases in electric-car production in 2018 and later now have battery suppliers scrambling to add manufacturing capacity. However, it is unclear which electric cars the new plant's lithium-ion cells are intended. Europe Manufacturing Batteries plug-in cars Samsung

Valeo, Siemens JV for high-voltage electric powertrains starts operation: Valeo Siemens eAutomotive GmbH

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The joint company will include R&D centers in France (Cergy-Pontoise); Germany (Erlangen, Bad Neustadt); Norway (Drammen); and China (Shanghai) as well as plants in Germany (Erlangen, Bad Neustadt); Hungary (Veszprem); Poland (Czechowice); and China (Changzhou, Shenzen and Tianjin). The Valeo and Siemens joint venture dedicated to high-voltage powertrains ( earlier post ) has begun operation.

EPFL cooperative maneuvering control algorithm for integrating automated vehicles with legacy traffic; dynamic platooning

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In addition to EPFL, the AutoNet2030 project involved: Institute of Communications and Computer Systems (Greece, coordinator); Broadbit (Hungary); Baselabs (Germany); Centro Ricerche Fiat (Italy); ARMINES – Mines ParisTech – INRIA (France); Scania (Sweden); Hitachi Europe; and the Technische Universitaet Dresden (Germany).

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Honda targets new Guinness World Records title for fuel efficiency with 8,500-mile diesel drive across Europe

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The 24 countries which are covered in the route, in alphabetical order, are as follows: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. Honda aims to win a new Guinness World Records title for fuel efficiency in an 8,500-mile (13,679 km) drive across all 24 contiguous EU countries in a 1.6

SEAT Ibiza sets new fuel economy record

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Then, with around 45litres of fuel at his disposal, he embarked on his tour of the 12 European states and drove through the cities of Mosty in the Czech Republic, Bratislava in Slovakia, Hegyeshalom in Hungary, Graz in Austria, Varazdin in Croatia, Maribor in Slovenia, Toblach in Italy, Innsbruck in Austria, Schaan in Liechtenstein, Zurich in Switzerland and Saint-Louis in France before finishing in Frankfurt, Germany.

V4 countries form G4 Centre of Excellence for joint R&D in Generation-4 nuclear reactors

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Husinec, Czech Republic; MTA EK, Budapest, Hungary; NCBJ, ?wierk, The V4 is an alliance of four Central European states—Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. The nuclear research institutes of the Visegrád Group countries (V4) (ÚJV ?ež ež a.s., wierk, Poland; and VUJE, a.s., Trnava, Slovakia) agreed to establish the V4G4 Centre of Excellence for performing joint research, development and innovation in the field of Generation-4 (G4) nuclear reactors.

Audi going to the moon; Audi lunar e-quattro rover

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Participants in the competition, in addition to Part‑Time Scientists, include 15 teams from around the world including Brazil, Canada, Chile, Hungary, Japan, Israel, Italy, Malaysia and the United States.

Opel introducing new 1.6L diesel engine family; fuel consumption reduced by up to 10%, Euro 6 compliant

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CDTI ECOTEC will be manufactured at the same “flex plant” as the new 1.6-liter gasoline engine, in Szentgotthard in Hungary. The 1.6-liter CDTI Ecotec diesels will replace existing 1.7-liter engines and certain lower powered versions of the 2.0-liter range. Click to enlarge.

Audi Brussels to produce exclusively e-tron quattro SUV, battery packs; A1 production moving to Spain

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The Audi Q3, currently produced in Spain, will be built in Győr (Hungary) in the future. The site in Hungary already produces four Audi models: the Audi A3 Sedan, the Audi A3 Cabriolet, the Audi TT and the Audi TT Roadster.

Reports highlight ongoing advances in vehicle technology, consumer demand for fuel efficiency in US and Europe

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Registrations of new cars fell furthest in 2012 in Greece (-41%), Portugal (-38%) and Cyprus (-25%), while at the other end of the scale new cars increased by more than 12% in in Estonia and Hungary. 4-cylinder engines and hybrid vehicles as a percent of cars sold in the US. Source: CFA.

IFQC annual ranking of gasoline sulfur standards sees progress around the world; US drops to 46th

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Germany, the first to implement the lowest sulfur level of 10 ppm in 2003, remains atop the ranking, followed by Japan and a six-country tie for third place among Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary and Sweden. Maximum gasoline sulfur limits. Click to enlarge.

Waze adds speed limits feature, planned drives

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Waze is rolling out the new feature first in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Czech Republic, El Salvador, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad, Tobago and Uruguay. Waze, the popular “connected driver” app that combines navigation with driver contributions on traffic, accidents and other road data, is adding a speed limit feature that will automatically notify drivers when they are exceeding the speed limit.

FISKER AUTOMOTIVE PARTNERS WITH MAJOR EUROPEAN AUTO RETAIL GROUP

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Today, Fisker Automotive announces that they have selected the Emil Frey Group as a distributor in Europe, with locations in Switzerland, Germany, France, the Czech Republic , Hungary and Poland. Fisker Automotive continues to attract an impressive list of auto dealers in North America and Europe. Tesla Motors currently has three

New thermoplastic-graphene nanoribbon composite could offer lighter, more effective natural gas storage for vehicles

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In an open access paper in the journal ACS Nano , Tour and his colleagues at Rice and in Hungary, Slovenia and India reported that nitrogen gas effective diffusivity of the TPU was decreased by three orders of magnitude with only 0.5

Global Gas Prices | Hybrid Sales

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Hungary. sales of hybrid SUVs and other fuel efficient vehicles will prove interesting to watch this year, especially if fuel prices remain relatively low. Expert predictions about where oil and gas prices are headed vary widely.

Opel presents new midsize gasoline engine at Aachen Colloquium; fuel consumption down 13%, torque and power up 33%

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liter SIDI ECOTEC Turbo engine alongside the other new engine families will be at the Szentgotthard plant in Hungary and will begin in late 2012. New 1.6L SIDI engine. Click to enlarge.

Opel introducing new 1.6L SIDI engine with start-stop system; 3 new engine generations over next 12 months part of major turnaround plan

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Production at the Szentgotthardt plant in Hungary will begin in late 2012. Opel’s first new engine for a revamped portfolio is a turbocharged 1598 cc, four-cylinder gasoline unit with direct injection and Start/Stop. Click to enlarge.

Report: Suzuki broadening ties with Fiat with 1.6L diesel engine deal

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Suzuki plans to use the engines in the SX4, which the two jointly developed, at its assembly plant in Hungary. The Nikkei reports that Suzuki Motor Corp. is broadening its alliance with Fiat SpA, which will supply Suzuki with 1.6-liter diesel engines. The Italian automaker will supply an annual supply of 20,000 to 30,000 of the European-built engines. Fiat’s new diesel engine complies with the latest environmental regulations and also cuts manufacturing costs.

Audi newly to begin production in Brazil in 2015; $200M investment in Curitiba

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To achieve that target, the company is making large investments at its large production sites in Germany and Hungary and is significantly expanding its production network outside Europe. Beginning in 2105, Audi AG will produce the new Audi Q3 and the new A3 Sedan on the premises of Volkswagen’s Curitiba plant in São José dos Pinhais, Brazil. Audi had earlier produced in Curitiba between 1999 and 2006 (the A3), but the project at that time did not prove profitable for the company.

GM introducing new generation of modular 3- and 4-cylinder Ecotec engines; 11 variants from 1.0L to 1.5L

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Shenyang, China; Szentgotthárd, Hungary; Toluca, Mexico; and Changwon, South Korea. New Ecotec 1.0L I-3, 1.4L I-4, 1.5L I-4 engines. Click to enlarge. GM is introducing a new generation of Ecotec small-displacement engines (1.0

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Audi begins construction of first North American plant

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r (Hungary); Bratislava (Slovakia); Changchun (China); Aurangabad (India); Martorell (Spain); and Jakarta (Indonesia). Audi has begun construction on a more than €900-million plant, comprising a press shop, body shop and assembly line in San José Chiapa, Mexico—the company’s first plant in North America. Starting in mid-2016, the plant will produce the successor generation of the successful Audi Q5 SUV.

Remy International, Inc. Supplying HVH Electric Motors to Daimler for 2010 Mercedes-Benz ML450 Two-Mode Hybrid

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The Remy HVH motors for the Mercedes ML450 Hybrid will be manufactured at Remy’s manufacturing plant in Mezokovesd, Hungary. Remy HVH windings have a shorter end turn space than conventional round wires and are well-suited to liquid cooling. Source: Remy. Click to enlarge.

Opel expanding and enhancing its LPG offerings; new 1.4L LPG Turbo EcoFlex for Astra and Meriva

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Hungary has about 250 stations. The Opel Meriva can now be ordered with the 1.4 liter LPG Turbo ecoFLEX dual fuel engine. Click to enlarge. Opel is expanding and enhancing its Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) offer. The Astra 5-door hatchback, the Astra Sports Tourer and the Meriva can now be ordered with the new 1.4 liter LPG Turbo ecoFLEX engine.

Audi developing modular assembly principle as successor to production line; Gy?r testing for 2018 e-tron electric motor production

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At its Győr engine plant in Hungary, Audi is developing a possible future production process for the electric drive motor to be used in the 2018 C-BEV. Audi is developing a new modular assembly principle intended as the enabler of the post-production line assembly era. Modular assembly—intended to address the need for growing complexity and flexibility in production—breaks up the traditional fixed-rhythm production line into individual process steps.

New Car Registrations in Europe Down 18.3% in February

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Other major markets were down with 7.7% (Czech Republic), 46.4% (Hungary) and 66.5% (Romania). Looking at the cumulative figures from January to February, Poland ranked first in absolute numbers with 56,841 new cars registered (+0.7%), followed by Romania (-58.8%), the Czech Republic (- 10.0% ) and Hungary (-31.4%). In February, 968,159 new passenger cars were registered in Europe (the EU27 + EFTA), 18.3%

Ford Focus 1.0L EcoBoost model accounts for 23.3% of Focus orders in April in Europe

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The Euro 19 markets are: Austria, Belgium, Britain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Across Europe, more than 4,700 customers ordered a Focus 1.0-liter EcoBoost in April, accounting for 23.3% of the Ford Focus models in Europe’s major 19 markets.

Toray to enter large tow carbon fiber business via $584M acquisition of Zoltec; wind and automotive markets

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Zoltek entered into large tow carbon fiber business in 1988, and acquired textile acrylic fiber plants in Hungary and Mexico in 1996 and 2007 respectively, and has been promoting development of large tow carbon fiber application and demand. Toray Industries, Inc. is acquiring Zoltek Companies, Inc. for approximately $584 million ($16.75 per share).

New Daimler compact car plant begins production at BBAC in China

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million square meters, the Beijing-compact car site complements the current Mercedes-Benz’ compact model plants in Rastatt (Germany) and Kecskemet (Hungary) as well as the Valmet Automotive plant in Finland. Mercedes-Benz’ new compact car plant in China, housed at the company’s local production joint venture Beijing Benz Automotive Corporation (BBAC), has begun production with the German car maker’s first locally build compact car: the GLA.

Siemens and Valeo to form joint venture in high-voltage electric powertrains

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The joint-venture will have a global focus and cost-efficient regional set-up, providing access to key markets for automotive electrification, such as Europe and China: headquartered in Germany, with facilities in France, Norway, Poland, Hungary and China. Siemens and Valeo have signed an agreement to form a joint venture in high voltage powertrains for the entire range of electric vehicles including hybrids, plug-in hybrids and full electric vehicles.

Daimler contracts with Valmet to increase production of new A-Class

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The new Mercedes-Benz compacts are produced in a network of the Mercedes-Benz plants in Rastatt, Germany, and Kecskemét, Hungary. Daimler has signed an agreement with the Finnish Supplier Valmet Automotive for the production of more than 100,000 units of the new A-Class ( earlier post ) for Daimler from 2013 through 2016. Our new compacts are so popular with our customers that the Rastatt and Kecskemét plants are completely utilized.

Opel presents new 1.0 SIDI Turbo engine at Aachen Colloquium; below 100 gCO2/km and ~59 mpg in the Adam

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All variants of these new engine families are built at Opel’s plant in Szentgotthard, Hungary, where gasoline and diesel engines are produced on a shared assembly line. New 1.0-liter SIDI turbo with 85 kW/115 hp. Click to enlarge.

EU and China to collaborate on low-carbon city projects

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Climate-KIC currently has centers in France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK and is represented in the regions of Valencia, Central Hungary, Emilia Romagna, Lower Silesia, Hessen and the West Midlands. The European Union’s climate innovation initiative, Climate-KIC , and the fourth largest city of China, Tianjin, have agreed to collaborate on the JiefangNan Rd New Meijiang pilot, a low-carbon city project.

New Opel/Vauxhall Small Car to be Built in Eisenach; Possible Basis for a BEV

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On 21 September, Opel/Vauxhall announced a €500-million (US$674-million) investment in its engine plant in Szentgotthard, Hungary. Opel/Vauxhall will build an all-new small car targeted at the segment below the Corsa at its Eisenach plant in the east German state of Thuringia. The future car “Made in Eisenach” is geared towards customers who need a small-sized fuel-efficient car in urban areas, for example, but who do not want to compromise on technology, design or convenience.

Exxon Mobil Acquiring XTO Energy in $41B Deal; Enhances US Position in Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil

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These will complement ExxonMobil’s holdings in the United States, Canada, Germany, Poland, Hungary and Argentina. Exxon Mobil Corporation is acquiring XTO Energy Inc. in an all-stock transaction valued at $41 billion. The agreement, which is subject to XTO stockholder approval and regulatory clearance, will enhance ExxonMobil’s position in the development of unconventional natural gas and oil resources.

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Downsized 4.0 TFSI for Audi S8 cuts fuel consumption 23% compared to predecessor; cylinder deactivation and start-stop

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Technologies such as plate honing are used during assembly of the V8 at the Audi plant in Györ, Hungary. Audi S8 4.0 TFSI start-stop and cylinder deactivation. Click to enlarge. The newly developed 4.0

New Mercedes-Benz compact CLA Shooting Brake; up to 60 mpg

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The CLA Shooting Brake is built at the company''s plant in Kecskémet, Hungary. Mercedes-Benz is introducing a Shooting Brake version of its CLA compact coupé.

European consortium investigating graphene-based materials for lightweight cars; energy-efficient and safe vehicles

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The 66 new partners come from 19 countries, six of which are new to the consortium: Belarus, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary and Israel.